Gary Wolf (journalist)

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Gary Wolf
Gary Wolf (cropped).jpg
Gary Wolf in 2011
EducationReed College (BA)
UC Berkeley (MA)
OrganizationQuantified Self
Known forQuantified Self
  • Dr. Harold 'Hal' Wolf (father)
  • Dr. Joan Silverman Wolf (mother)
WebsiteStory Archive

Gary Wolf is an American writer, contributing editor at Wired magazine, and co-founder of the Quantified Self.[1] Wolf earned a BA from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and an MA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Wolf published for The New York Times Magazine,[2][3][4] and Wired. Wolf wrote several long articles for Wired magazine. Among them he wrote an article about Ted Nelson and Project Xanadu,[5] Steve Wozniak,[6] Ray Kurzweil,[7] a long interview with Steve Jobs,[8] and Amazon.[9] He coined the term New Atheism in 2006 to describe the positions promoted by some atheists of the 21st century, among them Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett.[10]

In 2007, with Kevin Kelly,[11] Wolf co-founded the Quantified Self,[1] a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self-knowledge through self-tracking. In 2010, he spoke about the movement at TED.[12]

Wolf's parents are noted epilepsy researcher and professor Harold Wolf and professor of education Joan Silverman Wolf.


  • Aether Madness: An Offbeat Guide to the Online World, with Michael Stein (Peachpit Press, 1995)[13]
  • Dumb Money: Adventures of a Day Trader, with Joey Anuff (Random House, 2000)[14]
  • Wired – A Romance (Random House, 2003)[15]


  1. ^ a b Singer, Emily. "The Measured Life". MIT. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Wolf, Gary (April 28, 2010). "The Data-Driven Life". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Wolf, Gary (May 7, 2006). "Magic Mushrooms". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Wolf, Gary (May 11, 2011). "Gold Mania in the Yukon (Published 2011)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  5. ^ Wolf, Gary (June 1, 1995). "The Curse of Xanadu". Wired. San Francisco.
  6. ^ Wolf, Gary (September 1, 1998). "The World According to Woz". Wired. San Francisco.
  7. ^ Wolf, Gary (March 24, 2008). "Ray Kurzweil Pulls Out All the Stops (and Pills) to Survive to the Singularity". Wired. San Francisco.
  8. ^ Wolf, Gary (February 1, 1996). "Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing". Wired. San Francisco.
  9. ^ Wolf, Gary (December 1, 2003). "The Great Library of Amazonia". Wired. San Francisco.
  10. ^ Wolf, Gary (November 1, 2006). "The Church of the Non-Believers". Wired. San Francisco.
  11. ^ Wolf, Gary. "Quantified Self". Gary Wolf. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  12. ^ Wolf, Gary. "The quantified self". TED (conference). Retrieved March 26, 2012.
  13. ^ Wolf, Gary; Stein, Michael (1995). Aether Madness: An Offbeat Guide to the Online World. Peachpit Press. ISBN 978-1-56609-020-9.
  14. ^ Wolf, Gary; Anuff, Joey (April 18, 2000). Dumb Money: Adventures of a Day Trader. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-375-50467-9.
  15. ^ Wolf, Gary (July 8, 2003). Wired-A Romance. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-58836-304-6.

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